Graduate Certificate in American History

The 18-hour certificate program in American history will prepare graduate students to read, analyze, and write about the past in a way that is meaningful today. In keeping with this philosophy, the program will offer a unique experience, which allows students to participate in graduate education through online classes. Students in the program will find a broad-based education incorporating in-depth studies of American history, immersion in the latest historiographical theories, and training in advanced research methods.

The 18-hour graduate certificate program in history will allow secondary school teachers who already hold a master’s degree in another field to earn the credentials needed to teach courses for joint high school and college credit. 

Through this program teachers will be able to:

  • Work with leading scholars from SHSU’s faculty members in history;
  • Complete the 18-hour program completely online from their homes or offices;
  • Finish the 18-hour program in a single year;
  • Apply coursework from this 18-hour program to a full MA degree in history at SHSU.

Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in American History submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application: The Graduate Application is an institutional application required by SHSU. Students must provide biographical and educational information and information relevant to determining State of Texas residency.
  2. Application fee: An application fee is required for all applications to graduate programs at SHSU.
  3. Possession of undergraduate and master’s degrees from accredited institutions.
  4. Transcripts documenting all prior degrees.*
  5. Two letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s academic and professional potential.
  6. An academic writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability to advance an argument in professional prose.

*Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review by the admissions committee. However, under university policy, admission decisions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts.

Admissions Deadlines:
Fall: March 1
Summer: March 1
Spring: October 1

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The six courses in the table below, for a total of 18 semester credit hours, are required for the Graduate Certificate in American History.

Graduate Certificate in American History
HIST 5370Colonial America3
HIST 5371Revolutionary America3
HIST 5372Early National America3
HIST 5373US Civil War3
HIST 5375Recent America, 1876-19333
HIST 5376Contemporary Amer,1933-Present3
Total Hours18